The role of the Diocesan Safeguarding Office is to assist parishes in their work with vulnerable groups to ensure a safe environment for all concerned. It is also the point of contact for all allegations of abuse of children or adults at risk in the diocese and offers assistance and advice to survivors and victims of abuse. All contacts are treated as confidential.

Diocesan Safeguarding Office

Bishop’s House, The Upper Drive, Hove, East Sussex BN3 6NB
Tel: 01273 241203

Safer Recruitment of Volunteers within the Parish

Volunteers who work with vulnerable groups must be safely recruited according to National Procedures produced by The Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS). These procedures apply to all Dioceses in England and Wales.
Safer Recruitment means that all volunteers who work with vulnerable groups must:

  1. Complete an Application Form which includes the supply of two references
  2. Complete a Safeguarding Self Declaration Form in which any past convictions, cautions or involvement in care proceedings must be declared
  3. Complete a Disclosure & Barring Service Application which will be sent out by the Safeguarding Office
  4. Meet with the Parish Rep to have the back of the DBS Form completed and three original ID documents seen and photocopied

The Safeguarding Rep is the Parish Secretary who holds all the necessary Forms. In the event of any Safeguarding concern within the parish please speak to either Father Liam (Parish Priest) or Safeguarding Rep in confidence.


Safeguarding Rep: Anne N